WOW! With a team of 10 riders, an increase of 7 from 2013, we smashed our fundraising goal of £500 by hundreds of %.
At the tail end of 2013 I put it to Banstead TaeKwon-Do students and parents that we should ride the British Heart Foundation London to Brighton Road Ride in 2014. I had a good response of 6 other interested people and 3 of my family members were interested in doing it. Without hesitation I used our priority registration advantage to make sure we had 10 slots reserved for the team of Banstead TKD for the Sunday 15th June 54 miles from Clapham in London to Brighton.
With the fitness and endurance goal set of either completing the ride, not getting lost, getting up Ditchling Beacon without stopping, the team started training through the cold winter months of January and February. A few of the team are regular cyclists but the majority hand’t ridden a bike in a long time, perhaps looking at 20 years and this lead to some interesting turns of event when looking in the garage for the bike. You know, that bike you had 20 years ago which worked brilliantly, the one without all the rust on the frame, the one whose tyres hand’t rotted away, the one whose gears hadn’t seized up beyond repair – yes, that one.
So anyway, several road bikes were bought (either new or second hand) by team members and people started cycling every weekend and perhaps even twice a week. We had several group training rides but the majority of the sessions were done in twos or threes at times that suited our busy lives.
Fast forward lots of pedalling and Saturday June 14th rolls around and we realise our time slot start of 6am causes some logistical issues meaning 3:30 or 4:30 am starts for some people. 4 of us left the Wallington area at about 5am to cycle to Clapham to meet the rest of the team there (this particular time in the morning meant we had several confused young people looking at us trying to work out what was going on).
After lots of greetings, hugs (handshaking & and slaps-on-back), we were all excited to get cracking albeit bleary eyed. We started of fairly quickly I suppose although we did pretty much stay together until Wallington, Carshalton, Woodmansterne, Chipstead area where things got a little hilly and we started to spread out a little. We gratefully received some local support at this point as several of our families live in these parts.
For the rest of the ride I was riding with Matt thinking that most people were ahead of us. We’d arranged to meet on top of The Beacon to enjoy the descent to Brighton as a team but we got to the top and couldn’t see any of our team – turns out people had stopped for some food etc and were just a minute or few behind. Some other logistical problems & confusion meant that we couldn’t all finish together but the finishing was excellent and great to see so many people with happy smiles. Certainly Banstead TKD members were pleased with the achievement of 54 miles riding and The Beacon beaten – then on to a celebratory drink or two.
- James Davis
- Trevor Stuchbery
- Clive Stuchbery
- Charlotte Stuchbery
- Matt Thomas
- Ricardo Singh
- Rod Slyfield
- Kevin Webb
- John Elwell
- Derek Fontinelle (our coach, mentor, hero)
Money Raised for the British Heart Foundation
Total £3,032.98 (although it is actually likely to be more because some money was donated directly to BHF and not through our page)
I would like to really thank all people that have donated their money to the British Heart Foundation and to all the members who took part in the raising of the money. On a more local note though I think the challenge has had healthy knock on effects for the riders friends and families as I know several members are still out riding their bikes and encouraging family members to take part too. All in all this challenge has helped the BHF but also the members of our friends and families and the people of the community to help increase and maintain health and fitness and reduce the burden of heart disease.
Video and Photos
Matt took a video of the whole day and you can view that here, well done Matt and thanks for taking the time to do this:
Finally, a huge thank you to the riders and families for putting up with the training and for driving us all back from Brighton. I am looking forward to the 2015 ride now…